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Weekly Market Commentary September 18, 2017

Relief over hurricane Irma and renewed confidence in the economy pushed some stock indexes to new highs during the week. The S&P 500 soared 1.6% and the MSCI ACWI increased 1.2%. Both indexes hit new highs.The Bloomberg BarCap U.S. Aggregate Bond Index declined 0.5% on increasing risk that the central bank will raise rates one more time this year.

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Fallout from Equifax Breach

143 million American consumers were affected by the data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. Read more

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Safeguarding Personal Information

Electronic theft of personal information is the fastest-growing crime in the United States, with more than two billion personal records stolen worldwide in 2016. Protecting your personal information is a key component to reducing the potential that your information may be stolen. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary September 11, 2017

Markets couldn’t overcome concerns over North Korea’s test of a hydrogen bomb and the risks of Irma last week. While stocks rose on the news of a temporary debt-ceiling deal, for the week, the S&P 500 still slid 0.6%. Read more

Monthly Newsletters

September Monthly Newsletter – Conflict Avoidance in Estate Planning: Tangible Personal Property

An often overlooked aspect of estate planning is documenting how to distribute tangible personal property after death. Relatively speaking, it is much easier to divide financial assets among your beneficiaries. Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary September 5, 2017

In spite of the destruction from Hurricane Harvey, markets remained in rally mode as an upward revision for Q2 GDP and hopes for tax reform pushed markets broadly higher. The S&P 500 was up 0.7% and the MSCI ACWI closed 0.9% higher. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary August 28, 2017

The Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming was the focal point of the week, leading to a choppy and range-bound market. U.S. Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, left investors uncertain as to when the next rate hike would take place. Read more

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Eclipse Planning

Published by Mark Petersen and the Carson Institutional Alliance Investment Committee

One in 256,481,280. No, I am not calculating the odds of winning the Powerball Lottery. This is the number of 50 square foot sections to view Totality for the 2017 Solar Eclipse in the state of Nebraska. So many choices! How does one decide? Let’s briefly review the thought process: Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary August 21, 2017

While recent economic data releases were mostly positive, major indices retreated under perceptions of increased policy and geopolitical uncertainty. The Fed minutes on Wednesday showed a split committee, leaving the market unsure when the next rate hike will come, and a terror attack in Spain sent stock markets lower. The S&P 500 fell 0.6% and the MSCI ACWI closed 0.2% lower. The Bloomberg BarCap U.S. Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.1%.

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What Makes Us Different?

People often ask me what makes us different, and my answer is simple. Watch this video to learn what makes GAAM Wealth Advisors different. Read more